HOT: SUPER MARIOS
WR Mario Manningham's Super Bowl effort paid off with a two-year deal with the 49ers; and DE Mario Williams had a cheesy excuse for inking a $100 million pact with Buffalo: He was wowed by a pizzeria that spelled COME MARIO 90 using pepperoni.
NOT: ATHENS GREASED
Chin up, Georgia. While you sat out another NCAA tourney, things got nasty in the other Athens, where rioting and firebombs led to the abandoning of Sunday's Greek Super League soccer game between No. 1 Olympiakos and No. 2 Panathinaikos.
HOT: NASH RAMBLES
Phoenix (23--22) is 8--2 in its last 10 and sits thisclose to making the playoffs, thanks largely to 38-year-old PG Steve Nash, who leads the NBA (for the sixth time in eight years) with 11.3 apg, including an ongoing seven-game double-digit dishes streak.
Chicago fans welcomed the overdue acquisition of a star WR, Brandon Marshall, who knows Jay Cutler from Denver—then learned a day later that the former Fin was accused of punching a woman at an NYC nightclub. (Marshall denied involvement.)
HOT: KID STAYS IN THE PICTURE
Out since December with concussion symptoms, Sidney Crosby had five points in his first two games back, both Pens wins. But the surest sign of a return to normalcy: Flyers fans booed the moment he took the ice in a Philly win on Sunday.
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